Common Things is a mixed-culture saison made with honey from local bees. The beer is 6.2% ABV and features Styrian Golding and aged Cascade hops. It was fermented in stainless steel before being packaged and refermented in 750mL bottles.Read More
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Vessel: An exhibition of paintings and prints by David Hale
On view in the CCBC Gallery Tuesday, June 19 through Sunday, July 29, 2018
Reception: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6 to 9pm
Meet the Artist (ft. a hands-on workshop*): Thursday, July 19, 2018
David Hale is a Georgia-born, Athens-based artist working under his studio name, Love Hawk. Though he is best known for his deeply spiritual tattooing practice, Hale has shifted his focus to painting and printmaking over the last year. The paintings on view are all new, most created between April and June 2018. Each of the prints are part of very small editions (fewer than seven), but each features unique, hand-drawn elements or custom colors. All frames and mounts were handmade by the artist. The artwork will be for sale exclusively through Creature Comforts’ online merchandise shop, with 10% of total proceeds to benefit Creature Comforts’ new community outreach nonprofit fund, Get Artistic.
Learn more about David Hale’s artwork online:
From the artist:
: vessel :
This body of work came out of a great emptying and a great replenishment. I believe we and all of Creation are inherently vessels, and this body of work is a testament to that nature. There exists no greater calling than to be a container; to properly fulfill this role one must be willing to be hollow in order to be full. My role in these pieces of art was just as a vessel for their creation, and they are vessels within themselves. One act of creation is a reflection of all of Creation. It is no coincidence that so much that is seen here is somewhere between: plant, animal, human, and Spirit; here between these worlds is where we remember that we are not just bystanders to Creation but actually woven into and throughout this ever-present and infinite tapestry that is Existence. I hope this work of my hands and Heart is a reminder that life came from Life, as light from Light, and this Cycle is unending. I am ever-grateful to be a vessel. –David Hale
We are so excited to have been able to celebrate the grand opening of our new production facility, Creature Comforts at Southern Mill, on June 11 with a ribbon cutting joined by Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission.
We originally announced our expansion plans back in January 2017. We broke ground in May 2017 and began initial production at the facility in March 2018. In order to maintain a close distance to our downtown location, and with the assistance and cooperation of the Athens-Clarke County government, we selected the historic Southern Mill complex off North Chase Street to house the second facility.
Originally built in 1900, the mill is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use development. As a brewery and local business, we were committed to preserving as much of the character of the building as possible during the reconstruction, similar to our downtown Snow Tire Tasting Room and brewery location. We are humbled to be the recipient of a 2018 Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse and worked with local companies, Studio BNA Architects and Grahl Construction on the Southern Mill facility.
“We never expected that two years into opening our doors we would have a need to start working on building a new brewery,” says our CEO Chris Herron. “However, two years later we are extremely grateful to have it come online as our existing brewery had been operating at maximum capacity for fifteen months. We are excited to have the opportunity to both increase the quality and the quantity of our beer, to create jobs, and to reinvest right here in Athens.”
We've invested $11 million into the 40,000-square-foot historic building at Southern Mill, which houses new state-of-the-art equipment including a fully automated dual 85-barrel brewhouse from German manufacturer Steinecker, a 24-head rotary filler for canning manufactured by Krones, and 50,000 barrels worth of initial annual fermentation capacity. As we continue our commitment to quality, we've also invested nearly a quarter of a million dollars into a quality laboratory onsite.
The initial focus of our new brewery is on production with plans for a tasting room in the future. The technology of the equipment has greatly increased the efficiency of our production and packaging. The canning line averages 185 cans packaged per minute, in comparison to 40 cans per minute the brewery packages with its canning line in the Snow Tire facility. At the new production brewery, a 340-barrel batch of our year-round IPA, Tropicália, is brewed in 16-17 hours, while at the downtown location a 120-barrel batch of Tropicália is brewed in 20 hours. With the increased capacity and efficiency of the equipment, we expect to make a significant increase on our presence in our current distribution footprint.
“The new facility we’ve built here at Southern Mill gives us the ultimate control to precisely make high quality beer exactly the way we want, with better shelf stability and with much greater efficiency,” says Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp. “Every system has been upgraded from water treatment to boilers all the way through to packaging. Sustainability was a big focus for us as we went through equipment selection and plant design. All in all, we believe the brewery we’ve built will allow us to provide our consumers with a product that they will consistently be happy with.”
We are getting excited for a great week at CBC 2018! If you'll be attending CBC this year, we'd love for you to join us at our events we're hosting in Nashville throughout the week. See below for the full schedule of events. Hope to see you there.
- April 30 - May 6: Menu & beer pairings featured at Butcher & Bee.
- April 30 - May 6: Mignonettes & oyster pairings featured at Rudie's Seafood & Sausage.
- April 30 - May 6: Oyster, beer, & menu pairings featured at Henrietta Red.
- April 30 - May 6: Creature Comforts beer featured at Woodland Wine Merchant.
- May 2 (7PM): The K+K All-Nighter at Kuchnia + Keller featuring guest taps from Creature Comforts, Brasserie de la Senne, Southern Grist, and Wrecking Bar Brewpub and collaborative menu pairings from Staplehouse's Chef Ryan Smith, Kuchnia & Keller's Chef Aaron Clemins, and Wrecking Bar Brewpub's Chef Terry Koval.
- May 2 (6PM): Rare cask tapping at Rudie's Seafood & Sausage.
- May 3: No Kid Hungry Event featuring beer from Creature Comforts and Bearded Iris. $1 from every glass will go towards charity.
Other events we are participating in:
- May 1 (7-10PM): Here We Grow hosted by YCH HOPS, SBG & Country Malt Group featuring hop & barley growers from family owned farms, live entertainment, & 9+ specialty beers from craft brewers at The Cannery.
- May 1 (6-10PM): CANdemonium a night of canned beers, music, & fun at Marathon Music Works.
- May 2 (9PM): Mad Tree & Creature Comforts CBC After Party at Bar Sovereign - kick back with DJ Majik & try some special beer cocktails. Beers from both breweries will be available.
- May 2 (6PM): Craft, Culture, and Survival - our CEO Chris Herron & Business Development Director Seth Herman will participate in a panel alongside representatives from Mill Creek Brewing & Rhinegeist, which will be followed by a tap takeover at Paradise Park where the event will take place.
- May 2 (5-8PM): Funkin' Up Nashville - a funky/sour evening with NOLA, Creature Comforts, J Wakefield, New Belgium, and Hi Wire. Each brewery is showcasing 3 unique beers at Broadway Brewhouse's Midtown location.
- May 2 (4-8PM): Wiseacre's Lager Party at Von Elrod's.
Call for Artists: EARTH Party!
Open through Friday, March 30, 2018
Pop-up show on view at CCBC Sunday, April 15, 2018
Since April 2015, in honor of Earth Month—which encompasses Earth Day on 4/22—Creature Comforts has hosted events and art exhibitions to celebrate our planet. Our hope is that, in the same way art can inspire us to feel, think, and respond in ways that better ourselves, these events will perhaps remind our visitors of the responsibility we share as caretakers of the environment. The Earth has been good to us. Let's be good to it.
This year, we’re doing something a little different. In partnership with the University of Georgia’s Office of Sustainability, Creature Comforts is proud to present EARTH Party on Sunday, April 15, 2018 (1–6pm). The event will incorporate a one-day-only pop-up show of artwork celebrating our incredible world at Creature Comforts’ downtown taproom. This pop-up show will be curated by the Office of Sustainability’s current Artist-in-Residence, Kira Hegeman, and Madeline Bates, Creature Comforts’ in-house curator.
Submission guidelines and things to know:
Only artwork promoting world peace, respect for the planet, and environmental sustainability will be considered
Accepted visual art mediums: drawing, painting, prints, photography, sculpture, textile, mixed media, etc.
The accepted artwork will be displayed outdoors under a tent (either hung on a temporary display or on a designated table, if the work is sculptural)
To be eligible to apply:
You must have the availability and transportation to get your artwork to Creature Comforts’ downtown taproom between Wednesday, April 11 and Friday, April 13, with no exceptions. Artists must also take their work home with them by Monday, April 16.
Your artwork must be ready to display: mounted in a frame or a comparable device with wire strung across the back. If your work is a sculpture, it must have the stability to rest on a designated table without additional support. Artwork that is not in ready-to-display condition will not be accepted.
If you are eligible and interested in participating, please apply through the link below by Friday, March 30, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted. Notices will be sent out by Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
In need of a little environmental art inspiration? Check out two of the past Earth Month exhibitions in the CCBC Gallery!
Athena Paradiso (4.5%) is our fruited treatment of Athena, our year-round Berliner Weisse. Each Athena Paradiso features different fruit additions, in this release we used the addition of tart cherry, raspberry. and cranberry. The beer will be packaged in 6pk 12oz cans. The use of the word “Paradiso” with the Athena brand’s name and the can label artwork are intended to instill a vision of paradise, representative of the flavor and aroma of the beer.
Be sure to join us this Friday for the official release of Athena Paradiso cans! We'll have live music, food, and, of course, plenty of Athena Paradiso with Tart Cherry, Raspberry, and Cranberry to drink and take home with you. The beer is currently on draft in the Tasting Room.
Since opening our doors in 2014, we have aspired to leverage our brand and our people to add value to the Athens community. With a commitment to community being one of our founding pillars, we created the Get Comfortable campaign in order to work alongside local nonprofits who address the community’s most pressing needs. We will launch the fourth season of our Get Comfortable campaign this January!
The mission of the Get Comfortable campaign is to become a unifying anchor in the business community to drive awareness, increase engagement, and provide support for nonprofits combating the Athens community’s greatest needs as it relates to living comfortably. In Athens-Clarke County where one in five people are food-insecure and the poverty rate is 36.6% – nearly twice the state poverty rate of 18.4% – the campaign has traditionally focused on hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Through a rigorous vetting process as well as the direction of an advisory committee of community stakeholders, the campaign selected 6 organizations to highlight throughout the season & receive funding when the program wraps in November 2018.
The following nonprofits were chosen as the 2018 Get Comfortable partners: Advantage Behavioral Health, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, Athens Community Council on Aging, The Ark, Chosen For Life, & Mercy Health Center.
“Over the last three years, the Get Comfortable program has become less of a thing we do, and more of a part of who we are at Creature Comforts,” says our Co-founder & CEO Chris Herron. “As a result, we are making some very positive changes to the program this year that will allow us to truly make this a fully integrated year-long program, while still maintaining a dedicated season of emphasis. With the hiring of a full-time Director of Community and Culture, Matt Stevens, we are excited to see what we can achieve through the Get Comfortable program in 2018 and beyond.”
In Fall 2017, we created a full-time position at the brewery with a focus on community initiatives, as well as our internal culture. Matt Stevens was brought on in September 2017 as the new Community and Culture Director and will serve as the head of all programs related to the brewery’s community involvement and culture development, which includes Get Comfortable.
Matt previously served as the lead of Athens Church’s Be Rich initiative for four years, culminating in $786,725 raised and distributed, 7,135 volunteer hours tallied, and 7,000 cold weather garments collected to benefit 15 local nonprofits. Prior to Athens Church, Matt worked for six years as the Associate Director at the University of Georgia Costa Rica, with the primary goal of connecting returning students who had been participating in international outreach efforts with local agencies. He has a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia.
“Having worked in the nonprofit space around Athens the past eight years has been quite an education. Our city has complex, cyclical needs on the one hand, but a vibrant community looking to address those needs on the other,” says Stevens. “I think the business community has been taking admirable strides in recent years to leverage its resources to get involved, and I’m sincerely honored to take on this role at Creature Comforts in the hopes, to some extent, of unifying these efforts – to get the right people around the table to, first, understand the story the data is telling us, and second, to determine a way to mobilize our resources as effectively as possible.”
Get Comfortable in 2018 will be a year-round campaign with a pronounced season of emphasis taking place January 10 through April 4, during which we will donate 100% of our Wednesday “community day” profits towards the Get Comfortable fund. We'll also create Get Comfortable merchandise, bring back the popular Get Comfortable IPA, and work alongside for-profit businesses to generate additional profits for the fund. The campaign will wrap toward the end of 2018, the remaining time being dedicated to serving the agencies’ individual needs throughout the year.
In early January, we will also launch a website, www.GetCurious.com, which will encompass all our community initiatives. The website will include details and updates on Get Comfortable as well as Get Artistic, a new initiative serving the local arts community, along with other future initiatives.
Get Comfortable was recently awarded the Cause of the Year for its 2017 campaign at the 2017 Brewbound Awards. The Cause of the Year award is given to one outstanding craft brewery that demonstrates a commitment to supporting a specific cause. The award was announced during the Brewbound Session business conference, which took place on November 29 in Santa Monica, California.
Get Comfortable 2018 will kick off January 10. Get Comfortable merchandise as well as the Get Comfortable IPA will be available at the brewery for the kick off! We look forward to seeing you in our Tasting Room on Wednesdays for our GC season of emphasis!
At Creature Comforts, we wanted to determine a way to serve our city before we'd ever brewed a drop of beer, and this commitment remains one of our company pillars today.
Should, for instance, the definition of community be understood as something that is strictly geographical, an allegiance that supposedly dissipates at the borders of one's neighborhood or state line? Or should it be, in our case, vocational as well?
Put another way, does a group of people bound by a common pursuit, no matter their mailing address, constitute a community? We've decided it does.
After all, the brewers and cellarmen, the pub owners and representatives of the craft beer community around the country have become fast friends of ours, peers and mentors and advocates. They are champions of our brewery and patrons of our brand. And the feeling—though perhaps it should go without saying—is emphatically mutual. We have heroes across our brewing community who challenge and inspire us with each new release.
So, when members of that community, and a region of our country, is devastated by disaster, we want to act as neighbors do and ask: What can we do to help?
When the Santa Rosa-based Russian River Brewing Co.—heroes of ours, indeed—launched an inventive arrangement to raise money for Sonoma wildfire relief, we were honored to participate. You can, and should, learn more on their website, but the short story goes like this: In response to these fires that tore through Sonoma and its surrounding counties last October, Russian River, in partnership with the King Ridge Foundation, decided to brew a beer with 100% of profits for the brew going to the Foundation. They invited craft breweries around the country to brew a beer under the brand Sonoma Pride as a vehicle to raise awareness and funds, and we were fortunate enough to get invited by one of our hero breweries to be a part of the cause.
Our take on this recipe is a hoppy blonde ale brewed with Comet, Waimea, and Crystal hops, and 100% of the profits from our Sonoma Pride draft and to-go sales will be directed to the King Ridge Foundation, who are mobilizing these dollars to meet the region's most pressing needs. Click here to learn more, and take a moment to look through the many participating breweries who jumped to the aid of their coast-to-coast community.
We hope you'll join us December 8th as we tap these kegs for the first time to show a little love for our friends out West.
Come out. Drink up. Do good. #SonomaPride
When we heard that the Shelton Brothers were going to hold their annual The Festival event in Atlanta, Georgia, one of two markets where our beer is distributed, we were excited, anxious, and all around proud. We of course know what an amazing craft beer culture exists in Atlanta, filled with educated and loyal consumers and retailers, and we wanted to make sure that we could do our part to shine a light on it for others to see. Therefore, we went to work to collaborate with our industry friends to create some amazing experiences for the general public and industry guests coming in from out of town.Read More
We hope you will join us for this very special event which includes some of Athens' & Atlanta's finest chefs from 5&10, Hampton & Hudson, Heirloom Cafe, Home.made, Johanna Nicol, LRG Provisions, The National, Saltyard, Seabear, Staplehouse, and Wrecking Bar Brewpub.Read More
CCBC Events/Tappings for GABF 2016Read More
Check out our photos from our Curious No. 8 Tour. Thanks to all who made it out for this special day!Read More
Thanks to everyone who came out for our 2 Year Anniversary Tours!Read More
We expanded our brewery operations in February of 2016! Take a look at some of the photos we took of this exciting day!Read More
Staplehouse is a for-profit subsidiary of The Giving Kitchen, and all after-tax profits ultimately benefit The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit which provides emergency assistance grants to metro Atlanta restaurant workers facing unanticipated crisis.Read More
Last Sunday, we were able to host a very special tour for The Curious Beer release. We could not have asked for a better crowd for this event, and were able to capture some of this intimate tour experience on camera, which we wanted to share.Read More
Saturday was a huge day for us here at the brewery. We held our first bottle release tour for a beer we have been waiting on and working on since we opened last year. And although we still cannot sell beer onsite, this day would not have been possible without the recent law changes last July. Last Saturday we were able to see the fruits of our labor, and the labor of so many others who are invested in the beer community in the state of Georgia.Read More
Thanks for voting for us for 1st place in People's Choice for the Curious No. 5, or as we like to call it - Athens in a glass!Read More
We're adding new tanks so we can make you guys more beer. Thanks for the support that got us here!Read More